Building InspectionThe primary goal of the Inspection Department is to provide for the safety of life and property from hazards related to building design, construction, use, repair, removal or demolition.  Generally, this is accomplished through the review of building plans and specifications and by inspection of all aspects of construction to ensure that all new construction complies with nationally recognized and State mandated codes and standards.  

Additional responsibilities include: Meeting and advising owners, contractors, sub-contractors, architects, engineers, developers, and others regarding construction codes and plans; issuing a certificate of occupancy upon satisfactory completion of a project; investigation of complaints and assisting the public with questions and concerns; serving notice of violation on anyone causing a code violation and posting a stop work order when serious problems arise; representing the county as an expert in the field of Building Code administration, interpretation and enforcement; proposing changes to county policies or ordinances in the field of building safety and regulation to County Management and/or the Board of Supervisors.



(building, electrical, plumbing, mechanical, wetlands, zoning, land disturbance)





Landowners, Contractors and Other Applicants:

Given the current situation we all find ourselves in the below prescribed procedures are to be used until further notice while trying to do business with these departments. Your patience and understanding are much appreciated as we try to serve our community while practicing social distancing each to the best of our ability.

For all proposed development activities:

Step 1:Please mail or drop off completed Survey Plats, Site and/or Building Plans with an attached general information sheet for proposed development activities in the designated Building, Planning & Zoning drop box located at the County Office.

Step 2:Your provided information will be preliminarily screened and the appropriate application(s) will be provided (by mail, email or fax) for signature and payment as soon as possible (allow 3-5 business days); return signed application(s) and payment by mail or drop box.

Step 3:All plan review letters and comments are emailed; all follow ups are performed via email and phone calls.

Step 4:Plan review time is 10 to 30 business days from receipt of all documentation.

Step 5:Upon approval(s) all permit(s), approved plans and other documentation will be mailed, emailed and/or faxed to you.

Step 6:Inspection scheduling:By phone/email (804)333-3415/This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays have been designated specifically for building inspections.
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays have been designated specifically for planning and zoning inspections.
  • Daily inspections/on-site meetings may continue or be had as deemed necessary by each department.
  • Priority inspections will be given to issues directly affecting community health, safety and welfare.           

Step 7:  CO’s and Inspection Reports will be mailed and/or emailed to landowners/permittees; phone calls and email for follow up and questions.



Any building applications received after September 1, 2019 will be considered under the 2015 Uniform Statewide Building Code.

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